Thanksgiving

Dear church family,

And now for your edification, a few things I am not thankful for…

  1. Ferris wheels,
  2. Mold,
  3. Cockroaches,
  4. My cousin’s Christmas fruitcake I receive by mail in late February,
  5. Walking into spider webs,
  6. Scissors that come in a package that needs scissors to open,
  7. Cell phone contracts,
  8. Public restrooms,
  9. Sinus drainage,
  10. That grinding sounds coming from under my hood,
  11. The increased darkness of winter,
  12. Children abused by those who are supposed to love them most,
  13. A pandemic,
  14. Missing loved ones,
  15. Broken hearts I cannot mend,
  16. The lonely I cannot reach,
  17. The bitter I cannot change,
  18. The hungry I cannot feed,
  19. The fearful of their next medical test results for whom I cannot provide peace,
  20. Those in great pain I cannot bring relief,
  21. Feeling guilty in a time of thanksgiving.

But then,

  1. I smell the butternut squash baking with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, and apples in the kitchen…and I know it is Thanksgiving,
  2. The face-time calls from my children and grandchildren full of laughter I receive,
  3. I am blessed with a wife who loves me deeply,
  4. I cannot count all the blessings God bestows upon my life even though I try to count them,
  5. When my anxiety soars amazingly God’s comfort does also,
  6. When I am wounded and hurt there always is someone near who lifts me up,
  7. The wonder of God’s provision, always somehow allowing me the resources to give more,
  8. The promise of God’s presence,
  9. The grace, forgiveness, and assurance Christ Jesus provide me,
  10. The certitude I am on my way to heaven,
  11. The assurance God’s joy does not depend on my circumstances,
  12. The treasure of friends who always make me smile,
  13.  The elation that God’s blessings are new every morning,

These things and more I give thanksgiving… Oh, and you always make my list too.

“Come into his city with songs of thanksgiving and into his courtyards with songs of praise. Thank him and praise his name. The Lord is good. His love is forever…”               (Ps 100:4-5. NCV).

Happy Thanksgiving Dalton Gardens church family. Enjoy our Thanksgiving gathering this next Sunday.

Love you,

Michael

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Prayers Needed

Dear church family,

Thanks to Steve Taylor, Mike Swaim, Jack Cutler, Isaac Cutler, and Christian Eggar. By the time Bible Class ended we had a quality picture and good sound with our Live Stream. Long may it continue. 🙂

I encourage all sheltering at home to tune in each Sunday or soon thereafter. Our Live Stream is available on the Dalton Gardens Church of Christ Facebook site or on our church web page at dgchurch.org.

And more importantly, since this is a shortened week in the church office due to the holiday, we really need your prayer requests and blessings emailed or phoned into the church office (email office@dgchurch.org or call 208-772-0541) as soon as possible.

I think the Sunday attending in person part of our church family made two prayer requests… that is hard to fathom in this time of pandemic. Surely, we can think of more people in need of our prayers. Prayer does make a difference and an impact of with challenges we face.

Please contact us with your prayer requests or blessings that should be shared today.

Blessings,

Michael

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Sermon: November 22, 2020

Courage for Uncertain Times

Part 8:
“Finishing Well”

by Michael Lewis

November 22, 2020

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Getting people motivated is a great  challenge , but keeping people motivated is even  harder .

Three principles about finishing well:

  1. Be grateful for the  victories  already experienced.
  2. Sometimes the greatest obstacle to finishing well is a  good   start .
  3. The most important thing we have to contribute to the mission of God’s people is our  servant’s   heart  and our  example .

Scripture: Joshua 6:18-19;  Joshua 13:1; 13; Joshua 18:3-4; Joshua

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Prayer Requests: November 22, 2020

Brad & Kathy Roberts: My friend, Doreen asked if we could pray for her very ill friend. We don’t know all the details but God certainly does. Thank you.

Anne Moore: Thank you for all the prayers for healing as I go through the long haul of COVID-19 healing. It is very slow. Please continue to pray for me. This congregation is amazing!

Wayne & Debbie Frisbie: Please pray for the Rude family. Pray for Jeffery as he is still deployed. Pray for all our military. Pray for our country we need it now more than ever.

Dan & Teri Dupey: Pray for this serious virus to end. Pray for my sister Marilyn, who has COVID-19. Pray for Rachel Morgan, our son, James’ surgery, Irene Clark, Bob Brown, and Carole Fredrikson.

Christian Eggar: Prayers for our church family for health and safety! Thank you! I am so encouraged by you all.

Jack & Tabby Cutler: Tabby’s friend, Robyn has COVID-19 and has autoimmune complications. She’s been in the hospital for a week. Please pray for her and her family.

Sandra Welch: Prayers for our nation’s freedom, good will and peace for humanity. Prayers for Betty Rude and all of our church family that is traveling. Continued prayers for my foot to heal completely and for the depression that I am struggling with.

Whitney Frisk: A minister in the Tulsa area is battling COVID. Please pray for Mitch Wilburn.

AJ Stemmene: Please pray for those that need shelter and are out of work, our veterans, and our country! Also prayers for Glenn Sanborn, he is under the weather.

Ernie Turner: Please pray for Les & Nancy Biby. Like so many that are staying home to avoid this virus we all are dealing with.

Katrina Swaim: Prayers for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving for everyone! Pray for our children that are having to adjust to doing school at home and not being able to be a part of normal school activities and events because of COVID.

Margie Waddell: Please pray for my health. I am on the second round of antibiotics for pneumonia. Please pray for my mouse infestation have tried everything to get rid of this very smart mouse.

Ronda Deane: Thank you, Anne Moore for the donation of cards to the card ministry! We appreciate you!

Judie Sanborn: Thanksgivings! Glenn does not have COVID19 and is recovering daily. Prayers for my dearest cousin, Kay. She has been in ICU with the virus and is slowly getting better. She still is in need of our prayers.

Jo Allen: Pray for my sister, Glenda Bonaiuto. She is undergoing radiation treatments daily. Prayers for all who are affected by the virus.

Craig & Debbie Hengge: Please pray for my niece’s father-in-law, Jerry Taylor in W. Virginia. He is in very serious condition in the ICU with COVID, Diabetes, and kidney failure. We are so thankful for the Dalton Gardens church live streaming!

Mike & Victoria Isenhart: Please pray for Mike. He had a mini-stroke and has tumor behind his eye. He waiting to see a specialist. Prayers for peace and patience. Prayers for everyone we miss our church family.

From the Garden: Our marriage needs prayer to be an example of commitment and love through hardships. Tony & Alaina.

Betty Rude: Please pray for my daughter and son-in-law. Bill’s mom passed away this week. I will be leaving Monday to go to Arizona for the winter. Pray for safe travels and health.

Robin & Bobby Webber: Please pray for the virus to be over and for life to be back to normal. We miss everyone and pray for you all.

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Live Stream: November 22, 2020

9:00am Bible Class starts at 31:20
0:15am Worship starts at 1:43:25

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Bulletin: November 22, 2020

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Our Worship…

Cornerstone
Seek Ye First
The Greatest Commands
Family News
Prayer
Just A Little Talk With Jesus
Scripture: Ephesians 3:20-21
I’m Happy Today
I’ll Fly Away
I Am A Sheep
Lord’s Supper
Come, Share the Lord
Sing Hallelujah to the Lord
(children dismissed)
Soldiers of Christ Arise
Video: Lemonade
Message: Courage…
Poured Out Like Wine
Prayer of Blessing
You Are The Song That I Sing

Church Family Update…

Newby Ginnings food drive… We hope to take a van load of food over to Newby Ginnings on November  30th. Please bring what you can over the next two Sundays. We are looking for non-perishable items like: canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, stew is always a high demand item… And of course chili, or other soups. Also, you may bring holiday oriented things like cranberry sauce, stuffing mixes, cookies, pies, etc. But because of COVID there can be nothing homemade and everything properly packaged and not close to any expiration dates. AND… this group serving returning vets, has a desperate need for blankets and towels. So please consider buying some towels or blankets and bringing them to the church building too.

Our Live Stream is rolling now… Ok we have had some set backs. We know the sound has been a little strange and the picture has occasional had some issues too. But please know a group of people work on this every week to make it better. Turns out broadcasting live is a tad more complicated than we first thought, but we will figure it out and we hope you will hang in there with us.  PS: Your home Wi-Fi system also plays a major role in how you receive the Live Stream. You might want to check that on your end too.

Please let us know if anyone has any needs… We are here help, but also trying to be extra careful during the pandemic. I can’t tell you how important it is to stay connected during this strange time and it requires both the effort of those coming to the building and those sheltering at home. Please let us know what is happening with everyone and let us know how we can help. Blessings.

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” ~C.S. Lewis~

Highway Clean-Up!

Hey Youth! This December 6th, weather  permitting, we will be cleaning up our side of Highway 95!

For more information, contact Christian @ 1-406-480-9017

We have had a great group a teens participating in Friday Night Lights Youth Group every Friday from 6-8 pm!

It has been such a great time of fellowship! If you are interested in coming, enjoying games, and fellowship! Please come we would love to have you!

Communication Cards are a major way to share prayer requests and thanksgivings. Please complete a card each Sunday. If you can’t be with us then please communicate by email or call the church office with your needs.

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An Encouraging Note from Our Youth Minister

God Uses Imperfect for the Perfect

As many of you might have guessed my favorite superhero of all time is Captain America. There is a scene in the movie where Red Skull is fighting Cap. In this scene, Red Skull asks Cap a question, he asks, “Tell me Captain, what makes you so special?” Cap responds by saying, “Nothing, I’m Just a kid from Brooklyn.”

(For those of you who don’t speak Captain America, the theme of his stories often has to do with how the ordinary can become extraordinary.)

Just like Cap we are imperfect people being used by a perfect God. God doesn’t call the qualified, HE qualifies the called. The world might judge us saying, “What makes you so special?” We can and should respond, “Nothing I’m just a tool (translation: an ordinary person) used by God for HIS kingdom!”

I want to encourage you to find ways to lift others! It’s a challenge by the intricacies of 2020; but the work of the church is never paused! We can reach others even in the midst of a pandemic. Even when we feel like we are not good enough; God reminds us, HE uses ordinary people for extraordinary things! It doesn’t mean it will be easy! Even, Cap fought and lost some battles, but with God we have a strength on our side that won’t leave us or fail us!

We are made in HIS image! Let’s show those around us God loves them and cares for them! I’m just an ordinary person…how about you? An ordinary person is just the kind person God seeks to use. You just have to make yourself available for HIS use.
God Bless,

Christian E.

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Urgent Prayer Request

Urgent Prayer Request:

Honduras and Nicaragua are about to be hit by a second hurricane in four weeks. Benny Baker has asked for our urgent prayers for the coming storm, that people’s lives will be spared, damage to the church and her ministers will be minimal, and that Christians will be ready to take advantage of the many opportunities to bless people after the storm passes. We ask you to take a moment right now to pray for Honduras and Nicaragua.

Thank you.

M

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Activity Calendar: December 2020

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Sermon: November 15, 2020

Courage for Uncertain Times

Part 7:
“Walking Toward the Fight”

by Michael Lewis

November 15, 2020

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Joshua 6

  1. Remember, God’s  enemies  have a courage  problem .
  2. Courage flows out of  victory .
  3. Courage continues to march in spite of  walls .
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